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State of Decay 3 screen

Four years on, State of Decay 3 still doesn’t have a release date

As leaked earlier today, State of Decay 3 was shown off during the Xbox Games Showcase. It was almost a given: coming from Microsoft’s own Xbox Game Studios, it was announced even before the Xbox Series X and S consoles existed, back in 2020. The trailer itself, which you can watch below, looks rather good — and we’re looking forward to playing State of Decay 3. The trouble is, we have no idea when that will be.

While many of Xbox’s trailers today carried a vague “2025” release date — including the long-awaited Fable and Compulsion Games’ South of Midnight — State of Decay 3 got no such luxury. We can imagine it’s coming at the earliest in 2026, then. Or possibly beyond. When it was first revealed to us four years ago, it’s a long time to wait for something that’s probably not going to set our hearts on fire when it does get here.

OK, sure, we’ve been waiting forever for The Elder Scrolls VI, and will no doubt continue to be waiting many more years. And the wait for Grand Theft Auto VI is a long one, too. But no matter how you feel about those games, they’re genre-defining. State of Decay? A zombie-shooting survival game? Yeah, we had fun with the last iteration, but we very much doubt it’s going to be Game of the Generation.

Watch the State of Decay 3 trailer below:

And, for what it’s worth, State of Decay 2 was announced in 2016 then released in 2018. We’re now double that timeframe, with what looks like a couple more years to wait on top.

Still, judging by the trailer, we should be in for a good time, with what appears to be a big upgrade from 2018’s State of Decay 2. We just hope that players still care enough by the time it finally comes out, whenever that may be. Hopefully it’ll manage to pull off a similar success story to Dead Island 2, which somehow impressed us after a ten year wait. Maybe it’s just a zombie game trend.

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